ragwort

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ragwort American ragwort with yellow flowers
    • n ragwort widespread European weed having yellow daisylike flowers; sometimes an obnoxious weed and toxic to cattle if consumed in quantity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ragwort răg"wûrt` (Bot) A name given to several species of the composite genus Senecio.Senecio aureus is the golden ragwort of the United States; Senecio elegans is the purple ragwort of South Africa.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ragwort The name of several plants of the genus Senecio; primarily, S. Jacobæa of Europe and northern Asia. This is an erect herb from 2 to 4 feet high, with bright-yellow radiate heads in a compact terminal corymb; the leaves are irregularly lobed and toothed, whence the name. Also called benweed, cankerweed, St. -James-wort, kadle-dock, jacobæa, etc.; in Ireland fairies'-horse. Sometimes ragweed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ragwort rag′wurt any one of several herbs of genus Senecio: a large coarse weed with a yellow flower
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Rag, and A.S. wyrt, a plant.

Usage

In literature:

Ragwort, Riding on, 246.
"The Witch-cult in Western Europe" by Margaret Alice Murray
PURPLE GROUNDSEL, or RAGWORT.
"The Botanical Magazine Vol. 7" by William Curtis
Bluebells and golden ragwort fringed the hedge-rows.
"Days Off" by Henry Van Dyke
The sheaf of golden ragwort will be like a wand, and you'll still have the spell of fairyland in your face.
"The Head Girl at the Gables" by Angela Brazil
They sat down on the sour stony land among the ragwort and teazles and feverfew.
"Guy and Pauline" by Compton Mackenzie
The stems of the Ragwort are sometimes white and woolly, and they are covered all over with deep ridges.
"Flowers Shown to the Children" by C. E. Smith
He was in the act of rising to examine the spot, but he sank down directly, ducking his head behind a great tuft of ragwort.
"Yule Logs" by Various
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In news:

Tansy ragwort taken at Del Norte Transfer Station.
A tansy ragwort plant in full bloom.
Golden ragwort ( Packera aurea ) is yellow too.
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